Kunming is a large city in southern China. The city is known as the city of eternal spring in China, although it is almost in a subtropical zone, due to its location 2000 m above sea level, the temperature is always quite cool. In winter it can even snow. The biggest attraction in the area is the famous Stone Forest of Kunming (also known as Shilin), which is located about two hours away from the city. Kunming also hosts the largest water reservoirs in the nearby area. The old pump house has been converted into a museum, which presents the importance of water transport in the region. Other attractions include a number of temples, as well as the flower and bird market, where you can buy almost anything from flowers to pets.
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Kunming forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Kunming is a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $31.20, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $90.47, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Basic hotel: $46.42
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $3.52
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $5.18
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.00
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.70
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $3.56
Kunming has been classified as fairly safe with security classification 3/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 70.8 (better than United states average 48.8)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 69.4 (a little better than United states average 68.9)
- Walking alone at night: 66.7 (better than United states average 41.2)
More information: Kunming safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Direction of traffic: In many countries in Asia the traffic is left-handed. In countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Laos the traffic is right-handed.
- Age restrictions: The minimum age for renting a car is usually 18 - 25 years. Drivers under 25 years of age and over 65 years of age are charged an extra fee or get rental terms and conditions, which include to take an additional insurance for damage / collision.
- Driving abroad: Without special contracts a rental car can almost invariably only be driven inside of the country in which it is rented.
- Driver’s license and documents: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent are car. The exception is China, where only a Chinese driving license is valid, so for driving in China it is either a Belgium or a Hong Kong driving license required, which can be translated to Chinese.